The secret to success is not to try to avoid, get rid of, or shrink from your
problems. The secret is to grow yourself so that you're bigger
than any problem. ~ T. Harv Eker
We learned in high school math class that a straight line is the shortest distance between two points.
I think the only time I've ever been able to apply that law is when I'm
walking a long distance. I use it to create short cuts.
Wouldn't it be sweet if in our lives, we could just take the straight, short distance to accomplish whatever it
is we want? Have you noticed that it seldom happens like that -
short and sweet? Oh no, there are always these bumps in the road,
and traffic jams, and detours for us to navigate. Okay, if that
is how life wants it done, let's look at that model and see how we can make that
work for us.
Is it every fruitful to complain about the glitches that enter into our plans? No, it doesn't help
one bit. But I have discovered a simple tactic that does work when the bumps in
the road show up. I ask myself this:
What is required of me right now?
You see, this allows me ownership of what's going on; removes any sense of anger or vulnerability; and allows me to
solve the problem without draining my energy away through negative feelings. It
also lets me look objectively at any expectations I might have set up that make
resolving the problem even harder.
Every path to success has rocks and detours in it. Every plan requires tweaks. Every
strategy needs refinement. If you'll see the truth in this, you
won't be so upset when a bump or a rock or a detour shows up.
You'll acknowledge that it's re-do time. You'll see what is
required of you, and you accomplish that without upsetting yourself through
I know that some of my readers think of themselves as perfectionists. I truly think that those who
think of themselves under that classification are really non-perfectionists
because they look for what is wrong, what is mistaken, or what is
problematic. A true perfectionist would look for what is perfect,
don't you think? So-called perfectionists are absolutely convinced something
will go wrong and they'll appear foolish. Sometimes this
tight-fisted controlling keeps this group from making both mistakes and progress
toward their success. Babies fall down a lot when they're learning
to walk. No one laughs or makes fun of them. They're
learning, and some of them get quite good at walking, remember?
Be kinder to yourself as you walk this life path toward success. It's okay to stumble.
Mistakes are only natural as you learn. Give yourself lots
of do-overs. You need to see the errors so you can tighten up your
methods and get more successful.
Success looks a bit like this:
Do something, make a mistake, create a course correction;
do something, make a mistake, create a course correction.
You will eventually win if you keep repeating this pattern. Don't ever quit. Don't
turn away from your challenges. If you persevere,
the only end result is winning.
Take Action Now
What is my biggest problem currently? Write it down.
What Big Dreams could happen if I make some corrections? Write them down.
How can I remove these "rocks" in my path. Write it down.
By what date would I like to have this correction made?
Make a commitment and get busy!